Berlin Wall Book Review on the Berlin Wall by Norman Gelb

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The Berlin Wall: Book Review In August 1961, Berlin, Germany was seperated by a border of barbed wire. People of East Berlin could no longer enter West Berlin. The Berlin Wall tells about this event and what led to this event. Norman Gelb, the author, tells of the actions of the communistic East Berlin and the democratic West Berlin. The book begins by explaining how the wall was put up. East Berlin put it up because …

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…yelled at the work crews and armed guards putting up the wall. By 10:30 a.m., there were 500 ralliers, and by 11:00 a.m., there were 2,000. It was during this time that escaping from East Berlin was most easy because there was no second wall yet. People would swim across rivers and West Berliners would pull them out on the other side. As time went on, the wall became harder and harder, till almost impossible to cross.